Harvest Moon, BDO New Class, Lawbreakers Trailer, GWENT Public Beta, Divinity: Original Sin 2 Release Date

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Lawbreakers

Upcoming gravity-defying shooter, Lawbreakers, has released a new cinematic trailer. Lawbreakers is an action-packed team based shooter that emphasizes mobility and verticality in level design. There are a variety of classes to choose from, a few different game modes, and lots of explosions. I like to think of it as Quake meets Overwatch. You’ll work with your team to sprint, fly and rocket jump around maps to capture control points, destroy your enemies, and cause lots of mayhem. It’s extremely fast-paced. All of the classes you would expect are there: healers, tanks, assassins, damage dealers, etc. and they look like a lot of fun. The game is due out sometime in 2017, but you can sign up for the beta right now.

 

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Harvest Moon: Light of Hope Coming to Switch, PS4, and PC

A new Harvest Moon game was announced by Natsume to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. For the first time ever, a Harvest Moon game will be available on Steam, and while the Switch hasn’t existed for very long, it will be the first Harvest Moon for that too. The story starts you out on a journey to find new beginnings, but alas, your ship is hit by a monsoon. You limp your way into the harbor of a small town destroyed by the storm, and it will be up to you to rebuild the town and save the lighthouse. Shooting to take the series to new heights, Natsume President and CEO, Hiro Maekawa, had this to say in a recent press release:

Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth, including a robust story and clear-cut goals,” said Hiro Maekawa, President & CEO of Natsume.  “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell us what they think!”

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Divinity: Original Sin 2 Release Date

Larian Studios have announced that Divinity: Original Sin 2 will launch on September 14, 2017. In addition to a larger world and story than the first game, a competitive PvP battle mode will be in at launch, as well as the highly anticipated Game Master mode. In conjunction with this announcement, they’ve also dropped a huge patch on the currently-Early-Access title. More specifics on the patch can be found in this Kickstarter update video.

As I mentioned in a recent news update, I’m really excited for the Game Master mode in particular. Giving players the tools to create their own campaigns and enjoy an entirely different level of interaction, I think, is huge. I’m already scheming (Plotting? Planning? Planning, let’s go with planning) – I’m already planning how I could screw over challenge players in a deviously beautifully crafted campaign.

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Black Desert Online Comes to Steam, New Striker Class

Black Desert Online was released on Steam as of May 24, 2017. Along with the Steam release, they’ve also introduced a new class called the Striker. I’ve been playing the Striker recently and I’ll be doing a write up of the game and the new class soon, but for now I’ll just say that it is incredibly satisfying to play. The impact and fluidity of the strikes, stomps, jumps, dashes, and kicks is just staggering. I promise this post isn’t sponsored by anyone, but for those interested in picking up the game, it is on sale on Steam until May 31st, bringing the price down from $9.99 USD to $5.99 USD.

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GWENT Public Beta Now Live

If you like strategy, if you like card games, if you like flipping your desk over when you lose at the very end of a tense match that you SHOULD HAVE WON—ahem. GWENT is now available in Public Beta form, and it’s awesome. It’s a beautifully polished experience that delivers more than what was found in The Witcher 3. Some mechanics have been refined, and I think it’s even more addicting now. There are a number of single-player challenges you can complete to earn rewards, new cards, and card packs, but when you’re ready you can jump into playing with other people. I think the best part about GWENT, like many good games, is that you really don’t know what is going to happen until the very end. When you play each card, from beginning to end, it feels like it really matters. For those that never played The Witcher 3, GWENT is easy to pick up. You’re basically just trying to set cards down that are worth points, so that your side has more points than the enemy side. The catch is that you’re playing a best of three match, so you have to decide how many cards you want to hold back for rounds two and three. There are also plenty of special cards (buffs, spells to destroy cards etc.) to make things even more interesting. So if you haven’t already downloaded it, go do that.